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Name the Safety Training Building the Edward Peed/Alex Thalmann Memorial Training Center

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A Petition to Name the new BCCC Safety Training Building the Edward Peed/Alex Thalmann Memorial Training Center

Beaufort County Community College is building a new Public Safety Training Building.  This petition will be presented to the Board of Trustees of the College requesting them to name the building after two public safety personnel from Beaufort County who died in the Line of Duty.

Edward Peed

On February 8, 1902, Edward Peed, Nozzleman for the Salamander Fire Company, died while fighting a fire. Edward Peed had been a member of the all black Salamander Fire Company for more than 20 years. He was 46 years old when he tragically died in the line of duty. He was the FIRST fireman to die in the Line of Duty in North Carolina.

The fire began about 5:25 PM on a Saturday afternoon from a defective flue at the Atlantic Coast Line Freight Warehouse which was located on Washington's water front. Shortly after 9PM, Edward Peed was throwing some water on the burning rubbish when suddenly and without warning, the western wall of the Hoyt Building collapsed on fireman Peed, killing him instantly.

 

Alexander Thalmann

Alexander Edward Thalmann, 22, of Washington, died March 31, 2014 after being shot in the Line of Duty while serving as a Police Officer in New Bern, North Carolina.  Alex was a graduate of Washington High School and a member of the United States Marine Corps. He was an avid and talented soccer player. Alex was an active volunteer with the Pamlico Tar River Foundation. Alex enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, completing his training at MCCORD Parris Island on 5 May, 2011. He served with Combat Logistics Battalion 451 of the 4th Marine Logistics Group. Alex completed Basic Law Enforcement Training at Beaufort County Community College in June of 2013. He joined the New Bern Police Department in August of 2013. He was honored and proud to serve his community as a police officer. Charismatic and exceptionally wise beyond his young age, he is loved and will be missed by everyone his life touched. 

 Officer Alex Thalmann was on routine patrol and saw 35-year-old Bryan Augustus Stallings riding a bicycle in the rain. Stallings was wearing dark clothing and had no lights on his bike while on a public street, prompting Officer Thalmann to stop Stallings on Pavie Avenue.

Officer Thalmann spoke with Stallings and noticed a strong smell of marijuana on him. Thalmann then called for backup, prompting three more officers to arrive at the scene.

Officer Thalmann told Stallings he would pat down and search him. Stallings initially objected and became "verbally agitated," but soon voluntarily gave his backpack to one of the responding officers.

After giving up his backpack, Stallings ran away on foot from the officers. Thalmann and two other officers, Justin R. Wester and Adam Sneeden, then gave chase. Thalmann was in the lead. The officers told Stallings to stop, but he ignored them.

Officer Wester lost sight of Stallings during the chase. But Officer Thalmann continued to close in on Stallings. At about 11:51 p.m., after Stallings crossed Oak Street with Thalmann less than 10 feet behind, Stallings turned around and fired one shot at Thalmann. The bullet hit Thalmann in the left side of his face and traveled to his head and neck.

Thalmann immediately fell to the ground and Stallings continued to run away. (Thalmann died a few days later, on March 31.) The SBI's findings show Thalmann never drew his weapon from his holster and never used force against Stallings.

 

It is only fitting that the new training facility be named after these two outstanding citizens of Beaufort County in recognition of their service to the public.

 



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